Franco Tosi

" Crowds Flock to Art Miami and CONTEXT, Where Blue-Chip Art Reigns " Art Net News - By Eileen Kinsella, November 30, 2016

sunday 11 december 2016 - 09:50

By Eileen Kinsella

A few blocks north of Art Miami, the large new locale for sister fair CONTEXT Art Miami, also in a bespoke white tent, was heating up as well. The fair, founded in 2012, focuses on emerging and mid-career artists.

Dealer Marco Sassone, owner of Metroquadro Gallery in Turin, was showing, among other works, conceptual photographs by Palestinian artist Steve Sabella, whose work focuses on creating a new reality in the face of conflict. Like other dealers, Sassone noted the overflow and repeat visitors from Art Miami who keep returning to the fair, which he has participated in for the last four years.

This year, CONTEXT included a special focus on galleries from Seoul. Curator Jihyun Cha of Artpark Gallery, which showed work by Joonsung Bae and Yongjin Kim, said a move to CONTEXT from SCOPE satellite fair last year had been motivated partly by the appeal of attracting the Art Miami crowd.



Art Net News


" Frieze/New York e Art Basel/Basel " Juliet Art Magazine - By Luciano Marucci - n.179 October-November, 2016

saturday 08 october 2016 - 10:21

By Luciano Marucci


...In Pier 94 at Context New York were included international galleries they wanted to avoid overspending; most frequented by Collectors looking for low prices. Only two Italian: metroquadro, Torino (Mel Bochner, Sergio Cascavilla, Franco Tosi) and Liquid Art System, Capri (GRAMA, M. Bastiani, M. Grassi, W. Verginer, A. Sannino).



Juliet n.179



"Speciale Design Week - Luce e materia " Il Resto del Carlino - curated by SpeeD - September 28, 2016

sunday 02 october 2016 - 07:59

By SpeeD

...Bene si integrano in questo percorso le opere di grandi dimensioni di Franco Tosi che alternano la materia di "Variazioni in Azzurro", alla luce non celata del nero "Senza Titolo".

Un'esposizione di grande impatto che riesce a fondere all'interno dello stesso ambiente due elementi focali come la Luce e la Materia. Read more...



il Resto del Carlino


" metroquadro sbarca in città " La Stampa - by Monica Trigona, Torino 7 Arte - June 17, 2016

sunday 26 june 2016 - 11:13

By Monica Trigona


Eight years after the opening of Rivoli, the metroquadro gallery moved its headquarters in Turin, in Corso San Maurizio 73 / F where, on June 23, opens the new space with a collective of artists who in recent years have characterized . On this occasion, Metroquadro will also present the works of Franco Tosi, just who joined the gallery. On show works by Mel Bochner, The Bounty Killart, Sergio Cascavilla, Martina Di Trapani, Shara Hughes, Erwin Olaf, Monique Rollins, Franco Tosi and Steve Sabella.



La Stampa


Torino Sette Article

" How to Make the Most of the Frieze Week Art Fairs " The New York Times - By Daniel McDermon - May 4, 2016
sunday 12 june 2016 - 10:03


A tsunami of contemporary and modern art is arriving in New York City this week, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Running from now through the weekend are at least nine art fairs, with work by thousands of artists and dealers from dozens of countries. That's in addition to the city's standing array of art offerings, comprising hundreds of gallery and museum shows.

Not to mention the boatloads of public art on view.

There is far more than one person could see, much of it up for just a few days before it's trundled off to someone's private collection.

For a nonexpert, with an appetite for art but a limited amount of time and money, this situation calls for careful strategizing. So we asked some veteran fairgoers for tips on how to make the most of it.

"Dress to impress — the people-watching is half the fun," said Melena Ryzik, a culture reporter who has covered several art fairs for The New York Times. "And don't be shy about engaging the gallery assistants; often their seeming aloofness is just a mask for boredom, and they are happy to answer questions."

Martha Schwendener, a critic for The Times, warned against trying too hard to see everything. "Even if you feel that you have been extraordinarily conscientious and thorough — and even if you're an expert art viewer — one of your friends (or maybe one of your frenemies) is going to say: ‘Oh, you didn't see X? That was incredible! You really missed out.'"

Other suggestions: Arrive early. The crowds get thicker in the afternoon. Your phone's battery will not last all day, so carry a charger. And note that while admission prices can be steep, many fairs offer discounts for students, seniors or young people.

Now, what sort of experience are you looking for? Read more....



The New York Times

" Franco Tosi - Umori " Artribune Art platform - January 29, 2016
friday 29 january 2016 - 12:21



Between apollonian and dionysian, between biology and emotion, the research of Franco Tosi focuses on the relationships between the various organic forms, investigating the mystery of existence.  An introspective view, a gesture, doesn't create a complete detachment from reality but it is inspired from the natural world and from organic forms, whose it tries to reproduce the patterns of growth and multiplication.




" Artefiera gli appuntamenti di Giovedì 28 " La Repubblica - Web Editors - January 28, 2016
thursday 28 january 2016 - 12:03

"Umori" Franco Tosi

La ricerca di Franco Tosi si concentra sui rapporti tra le diverse forme organiche, indagando sul mistero dell'esistenza. Una visione introspettiva che trae spunto dal mondo naturale in un parallelo tra arte e scienza. Le opere esposte si configurano come un viaggio nell'interiorità dell'uomo che si traduce, come le cellule di un tessuto
organico, con infinite sfaccettature.



La Repubblica

" How Science Inspires Art - The Brain " - Artein - International Art Magazine - By Martina Pellizzer - nr.154 December 2014/ January 2015
friday 26 december 2014 - 10:02

By Martina Pellizzer




How the Science Inspires Art


"Science inspires art - The Brain" is the exhibition curated by Stephen  Nowlin and Anjan Chatterjee at the New York Hall of Science until March 29. The 29 selected artists coming from all over the world have been reflecting for a long time on their emotions nature and on how science hasn't been able to fully reaveal the brain's operation yet. The 42 2 dimension exposed works are the result of a cooperation between artists and scientists who worked on a laboratory's series of experiments to turn them into an inspirationn's source. Among the artist of the exibition. Franco Tosi is the only Italian ane.




Press Brain Artein




" Science Inspires Art: The Brain " - The New York Times - By Jascha Hoffman - September 29, 2014
sunday 12 october 2014 - 09:45

By Jascha Hoffman


Science Inspires Art: The Brain. New York Hall of Science, Queens. Opens Oct. 11. Adults $11, children and seniors $8.

This art exhibition offers some new ways of looking at that three-pound hunk of jelly in your skull. Some do it with humor: a mock-infographic that shows a brain hinged open to reveal dozens of tiny people scurrying about, and an elegantly staged photograph of a small brain on a dinner plate with serving spoons. Some offer neural self-portraits, like the artist with multiple sclerosis who paints Technicolor versions of her brain scans on silk, and the artist who gives an unsettling depiction of the white "aura" that appears in her field of vision before a migraine headache. Of the 42 works selected by a gallery director and a neuroscientist, most were from artists, "perhaps because entries from scientists tend to be too didactic," said Cynthia Pannucci, the founder and director of Art & Science Collaborations Inc., who organized the exhibition. Among the most moving, however, were those that simply show the anatomy, such as "Cortical Columns," a haunting panel by the neuroscientist-turned-painter Greg Dunn, who uses gold and silver powders, ink and dye to render nerve cells in all their branchiness, like saplings waiting for winter.




The New York Times - Science and Art

" Synaesthesis " curated by Ivan Quaroni - Exhibition Catalogue - Di Paolo Arte Gallery - Bologna -February 2014
sunday 09 february 2014 - 20:25


by Ivan Quaroni


"Do not go outside yourself, but return within:
truth dwells in the inner man."
(St. Augustine, Of True Religion)



There are, without a doubt, various forms of abstraction, whose raisons d'être have various bases. Analytic abstraction is one. It focuses on geometry and problems of a perceptive nature and, historically, follows a trend that goes from the Bauhaus to optic and kinetic studies.
On the other hand another type of abstraction, lyrical abstraction – expressed through marks and gestures, scribbling and dripping – bears witness to a totally different approach, based on intuition, emotionality, and even randomness.
Both approaches – the cold, analytic one and the warm, emotional one – study the dimension of the ineffable and the unfathomable. In substance, they are visual languages which do without the narrative and anecdotal approach typical of the figurative dimension, to deal with problems connected with either the enigmatic sphere of optical perception or the just-as-enigmatic one of interior perception.
The term "abstraction" derives from the Latin ab trahere, which means "draw from", "separate", and indicates the sort of process that makes it possible to shift attention from the plane of contingency to that of the intellect. In a certain sense, abstraction and theory are similar terms, because they both envisage a sort of detachment from phenomenological reality. This is why, in painting, abstraction is often considered a conceptual art form.
And yet contemporary abstraction does not entail a total detachment from reality, but rather often draws inspiration from the world of nature and organic forms.
According to Tony Godfrey, the author of the successful book Painting Today (Phaidon Press, 2009), starting in the mid-1990s a new, "ambiguous" kind of abstraction has allegedly gained ground; it focuses on the recovery of the human aspect, meant not only as a gestural contribution and enhancement of the realm of the subconscious, but also as a rediscovery of the natural forms and models of growth and proliferation typical of the organic world. The latter aspect owes much to the theories of Gilles Deleuze on the rhizome, the underground swelling of a plant stem: the French philosopher adopts the rhizome as a metaphor for a speculative study that is not subject to the processes of binary logic, but which instead develops non-linear and non-hierarchical cognitive methods, in which randomness and intuition play decisive roles.
Similarly, today ambiguous abstraction seems to have abandoned the critical rigour of pure abstraction, through the formulation of visual constructions capable of translating into painting both the sensitive stimuli of organic life and the even more imperceptible ones of mental epiphenomena.
Both these trends are present in the formal study of Franco Tosi, who resorts to the concept of synaesthesis to describe the introspective mechanism from which his works originate.
Franco Tosi transforms synaesthesis, which for Stoics was an act of interior analysis, i.e. a form of introspective study, into an instrument for the visual translation of invisible processes, or processes which are in any case impossible to grasp with the traditional perception and cognitive instruments at our disposal.
The invisibility to which Tosi alludes is, in truth, of two kinds. One is the invisibility of the organic processes that are produced at the cellular level of organisms and which may be seen by the human eye only through the use of powerful optical instruments, such as microscopes. The other lies, instead, in the mental and pneumatic sphere of thought and requires, in order to be revealed, an enhancement of an individual's subtlest perceptive and intuitive faculties.
They are different fields of study, which Tosi combines in the operational domain of painting with an attitude that seems to us to be "ambiguous" by definition, precisely because it focuses on the recovery of a dimension that cannot be called "abstract" in absolute terms.
There are three series, or cycles, of works on which the artist has been working for a number of years: Mitosi (Mitoses), Graffi (Scratches), and Landscapes. These are not chronological stages, but rather research trajectories which occasionally cross paths and intertwine, always moving from the same conceptual attitude, which the artist expresses in an obsessive repetition of dynamic and transitory forms. Forms which, incidentally, seem to shift and slide from the figural plane of optical recognisability to the random one of abstraction, as if due to a progressive dissolving and recombining of structures.
In Mitoses, characterized by the repetition of globular and egg-shaped forms, Tosi appears to observe the organic kingdom in the microscopic dimension and catch the process of cell reproduction as it multiplies.
His interest in human biology, in part stemming from his studies at the Istituto per le Arti Sanitarie Ausiliari (Institute of Ancillary Medical Arts), is evident, but cannot be the only interpretational filter through which to view his work. Even more so since mimetic adherence in the representation of the mitosis processes is replaced by a lyrical and dreamlike sort of transposition. Tosi himself describes his study of the anatomical details in their microscopic dimension as a revisitation "in a dreamlike and conceptual form". "The figure," says the artist, "dissolves, gradually losing every reference to what it is, to become an introspective view of fragments of ourselves."
In substance, Tosi's cellular vision is a sort of synecdoche, a rhetorical figure in which a part represents the whole. That is, it is a metaphor to indicate man in his entirety.
The partial, organic, subepidermal vision becomes the pretext for attracting the attention to the invisible dynamics of biological processes, but it is also a way to suggest that the plane of invisibility also extends to the cognitive mechanisms of spiritual intuitions.
In practice, Tosi understands that everything that is truly important and vital in our experience is outside the boundaries of ordinary perception, beyond the limits of our sensorial capacities and, above all, beyond the boundaries of our intellectual faculties. So it is for cellular, but also for atomic and subatomic, phenomena, which the naked eye cannot see. And so it is for the profound shocks and sudden flashes of synaesthesis, which are beyond the reach of rational and Cartesian thinking, beyond the narrow grids of the binary system, which makes us too similar to machines.
Thus, the "Bubbles like cells, the scratches and marks like neurons gone mad crossing the canvas, beyond the support, beyond rationality, to be lost in infinity,", of which Tosi speaks, become the signals of this perceptive crossing of boundaries. What is more, they bear witness to the presence of a reality that can only be studied with the instruments of aniconic representation, precisely because figuration, with its mimetic assertions, proves inadequate for grasping the extrasensory dimension of biological and mental epiphanies.
Tosi studies the mystery and enigma of existence through evocative shapes which are both ambiguous and allusive. His Scratches, for example, can be read as anthropic marks, scratches produced by a human gesture, or as threads of DNA, intermolecular chemical links, graphic representations of unmixable liquids. Thus, the ambiguous nature of shapes opens up a wide range of interpretational possibilities, both in Mitoses and Scratches.
The same can be said of his Landscapes, which share the semantic structure with traditional landscapes, that is, a morphology that can be read in terms of space, thanks to the presence of a "horizon", a "plane", and a "depth", even if, in reality, they are always magmatic, changing surfaces, which defy a definitive optical comprehension.
Franco Tosi's Landscapes are places devoid of geomorphic coordinates, crossing fields, liminal topics, dimensional hollow spaces that lead the viewer to have an immersive, synaesthetic experience, during which there is a shift from (optical) perception to introspection.
In a certain sense, Landscapes are baits, well designed traps, which enmesh the viewer's eyes, immerging him in a visual mantra made of fluid chromatic combinations, of sliding fields, of rhythmic and hypnotic scores which slowly, almost imperceptibly, transform the retinal approach into a cognitive experience.
Indeed, even the Scratches and Mitoses can somehow be considered landscapes. While the first are similar to satellite views, crossed by sinuous river lines, floodplains and narrow, deep canyons, the second appear as instable swarming surfaces, captured from an aerial perspective. But it is, of course, an illusion, the result of the survival of figurative schemes that are innate in human thought. Suffice it to think of the famous reflection on the "spot on the wall", contained in Leonardo da Vinci's Treatise on Painting, in which the artist stated that "It is quite true that in such a spot it is possible to see various inventions of things man wants to find in it, such as heads of men, various animals, battles, rocks, seas, clouds, woods, and other similar things."
Nevertheless, it should be pointed out that in Tosi's painting, ambiguity and absence of definition are not simple evocative devices, but the result of a particular modus operandi as well as of precise linguistic and formal choices.
Indeed, over time Tosi has managed to develop a pictorial grammar made of recurring spots, marks, and shapes. The ovular bubbles of the Mitoses, the chromatically limited fields of the Landscapes and, lastly, the almost calligraphic partitions of the Scratches are key elements of a syntax which, as the artist explains, "comes from the study of materials and from their behaviours on different supports, but also from the physical analysis of colours and their tonal variations". This approach confirms Tosi's interest not only in human biology, but also in the proteiform nature of matter in all its forms, starting with oils, which he sometimes combines with resins and tars to obtain unusual effects.
All things considered, both when he interprets cellular phenomena in a mythopoetic form and when he verifies the expressive potentials generated by the chemical reaction of pigments and materials, Tosi draws on tangible reality. And yet, his skill lies precisely in knowing how to use painting to turn the observation of phenomena into interior exploration.
Thus, while reflecting on his own experiences the artist becomes himself a subject for study, the viewer of his works does the same, going from the role of a mere eyewitness to that of an observer participating in that same introspective practice which has always been the highest and most indispensable function of every art form.



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